Need a girls’ night out? Want to take your partner out on a stress-free relaxing date night? How about treating yourself to a sip of gourmet drinks and enjoying some “Art Therapy”?
If you answered YES! To any of these questions then I am proud to say look no further. This weekend, Fashion and art were combined for a weekly event called “Paint Me Couture.” I had the privilege of attending this creative event put together by a wonderful Bahamian fashion designer, Delano Marc and the talented Bahamian artist, Justin Moultrie. This event features both the fashion and artistic visual world.
Typically, when we hear the word “paint” that means you will be painting; and that is correct. With this event, a live modal is on display wearing a fashionable designed outfit by Delano while the participant sits to a table and “paint” what they see, which is the model of course. I know you may be thinking, “I can not paint, so why would I do such a thing?”. Well, in all honesty, I can not paint either, but that’s why we have the talented Justin. He was able to demonstrate and guide with the painting especially for those, such as me, who didn’t know how to paint free hand. So even if you felt embarrassed about the painting, Justin will be there to save your artistic creation. *giggles * Believe me when I say, there is no discrimination at this event. You don’t have to be an artist or a painter to participate in this affair. Just paint what you see, it does not have to be perfect because art can be anything. Even a little scribble on a piece of paper can be art. Here ’s the catch to this exclusive event; at the end of it all, all painters who participated will have the opportunity to sell or give their “masterpiece” to an exhibition during the New Year’s Eve event. More information will have to be given about this event at a later time.
“Paint Me Couture” was filled with lots of laughter and jokes. Friendships were made and definitely a lot of networking between once strangers. I was extremely grateful to be a part of this lively affair. Each participant was allowed to introduce their self to one another and say a few things about them self.
I got the privilege to me another blogger such as myself. She goes by the name of “LifeByOlivia.” Olivia and I were not able to converse as much as I would have liked to but, I can tell by her presence that she is definitely someone fun and adventurous to hang out with and we seemed to have a lot in common; which I loved if I do say so myself.
As for the handsome fashion designer Delano and me, we were definitely able to conversate and squeeze in a mini interview session before the event started. Here is the interview as follows below.
1. When you did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?
I always had a designer mentality but I embraced it in 2013 after completing 2 years of studying Biology at COB.
2. What made you choose fashion designing?
It was already a passion of mine that felt easy and right, it literally manifested itself in me and was not planned.
3. Where did you study fashion design?
At BTVI, the program was “Design and Production”.
4. What is your favorite part about fashion designing?
I make my own story, my own Reality and reflect how I’m feeling though my clothing.
5. When and where was your first internship in the fashion industry?
I don’t recall the year but I interned for designer “April Burrows” for at least 6 months.
6. How the experience and was what did you value most from the things you learned?
After spending so much time with teacher some BTVI I Adapted their sewing and design style , it was refreshing to learn a new outlook on design, that is what I valued most from my wonderful experience with Apryl .
7. What would you describe your fashion line as?
I have two brands that I’m working on, the 1st is “Nerdwear” which is a fun, colorful men’s wear for the males who seek to stand out from a crowd and the world of tradition. The 2nd is “Delano Marc” a luxury woman’s wear for the stylish and Sophisticated lady with a flair for fashion and feeling, looking, and, acting “different”.
8. Do you cater more to the average size woman or the plus size? Why?
My designs focus more on the average woman by “Default” simply because I use one size mannequin when designing but, I’ve seen the beauty of the plus size community and would definitely design a line for plus size ladies
9. How do you stay up to date when it comes to fashion?
I don’t stay up to date with fashion trends big brands and makeup companies. I set my own trend and I swear to you I’ve made a lot of people dress like I would or take fashion tips and has since been using them.
10. What would you say are your strengths in fashion?
My strengths in fashion would be my ability to think outside the box and my Constant flow of ideas.
11. Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?
In ten years I see myself as the creative Director of a top/well known fashion brand.
12. How would you describe your personal style?
I’ve never thought of describing it but I would say artistic.
13. If you could go back to when you first started, what advice would you give yourself?
Nothin; I feel as though everything happened for a reason and I don’t want to mess up what I have now.
14. What fears did you have when starting out with your fashion design?
My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be good enough and people wouldn’t understand my designs.
15. What is your favorite part about being a designer?
The ability to create
16. How would you like people to feel when they wear your designs?
I would like persons to feel powerful ,literally unbothered by society.
17. What is “Paint Me Couture” all about? What is the story behind it?
“Paint Me Couture” is a continuation of “April’s Miasma” fashion and art exhibition held at the Dundas Centre for the performing arts.
Paint Me Couture highlights both my talent as a designer and the talent of Visual Artist Justin Moultre. We have collaborated On many projects . Our goal is to raise money to study at “Central St Martins” in London using paint me and money other fund raisers.
18. I notice that you do fashion design, graphics and photography. Out of the three which is your favorite? Why?
Fashion design because the other two were learned to advance my design skills and productivity.
I really appreciated getting the time to meet Delano and getting to know him on a personal level besides the fashion side of everything. He is a shy and quiet young man who is very passionate about what he does but don’t let that shyness fool you. His chic and street style combined is no match like any other. To me, it's like seeing Delanos alter ego but instead of him presenting it on himself personally, he expresses it in his work and on his modals. I love the tunnel vision he has for his personal future and the future of his fashion company. One thing that stood out for me about Delano was the reason for this event and future events to come. I asked him “What is the reason for all these events he has been hosting over the past year?” and his response was; “To save money so that I can go to school in London and continue enhancing my studies in fashion.” Listen to me guys, when he said that to me all I could think was “God bless your heart and soul.” When he gave that answer, I can tell by the look in his eyes how important these events are to him. Not just to make money and pocket it, but to save every penny so he can pay off his tuition and go back to school. And for that, I am genuinely grateful to have participated in this event knowing that my small donation is going towards something as important as him going back to school to finish his studies.
As I conclude, “Paint Me Couture” was surely an event that I truly enjoyed. I hope to attend one more time before the entire affair is completed. This is undoubtedly an event you don’t want to miss!!! The last day of this exclusive event will be 28th December 2018. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 242-812-9211.
Until then my beautiful flowers,